As a large and multifaceted international knowledge centre of academic and scientific excellence, Utrecht University’s core mission is to: educate young people; train new generations of researchers; produce academics who have both specialist knowledge and professional skills; conduct groundbreaking research; address social issues and work towards solving them.
Commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence are Utrecht University’s core values. The university fosters its academic community through investment in staff and students. Utrecht University – established in 1636 – has 30,000 students, 7000 staff members, and has 7 faculties. All Utrecht University teaching concepts are provided by these 7 Faculties, several Undergraduate Schools, 6 Graduate Schools, and 3 teaching institutes. The faculties of Utrecht University are divided into departments. Each department coordinates teaching and research for a specific field of science. The academic staff is employed by the departments. Organisation of the programmes of the individual faculties is carried out by the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools, under the supervision of a Board of Studies. The Schools are responsible for the content of the undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes, and they work in close liaison with the departments.
The university aims to sustain its position as a research institution of the highest international quality, to provide clear research focus areas with a particularly interdisciplinary approach, and to take the lead in implementing the Bologna principles into its teaching programmes. The university has 45 undergraduate programmes, 4 of which are also English-taught and 169 graduate programmes, 81 of which are English-taught and 32 teacher training programmes (both Dutch and English-taught). The university has 12 Nobel Prize winners. Utrecht University collaborates with research organisations and institutes, universities, institutions for higher education and businesses in many teaching and research fields. Collaboration takes place on a regional, national and international level. Collaborating with international universities is fundamental to providing excellent teaching and research. Utrecht University collaborates with renowned universities around the world, engaging in: joint teaching and research programmes; exchange of researchers, teachers and students; fellowship programmes and chairs for visiting professors.
The Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) of Utrecht University hosts the most central and largest Gender Studies programme in the Netherlands. It contains the local (NVAO certified) Academic Master in Gender Studies and the Research Master Programme in Gender and Ethnicity and the (inter-)national postgraduate and PhD programme in Gender Studies. It offers one of Europe’s most advanced interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes in the humanities, with a core curriculum in the field of postcolonial studies, cultural, philosophical and epistemological Gender Studies and has an excellent international reputation for its pioneering work. GGeP hosts the national accredited PhD platform the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG).
GGeP is involved in various international projects like the Erasmus Mundus GEMMA Joint European Master’s Degree (2007-2016, partner); EU Socrates Thematic Network ATHENA3 (1997-2009, coordinator); EU FP6 Marie Curie EST GenderGraduates (2005-2009, coordinator); EU LLL Programme NOISE (1993-2011, coordinator); ATGENDER, the European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation (coordinator); the InterGender network of establishing a European joint PhD curriculum (2008-2012, partner); the Postcolonial Europe Network (2011-2014, coordinator); the Terra Critica research network (2012-date, coordinator) and the EU COST project (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) on New Materialism (2014-date, coordinator). The Graduate School of Humanities takes care of the quality control of the PhD curricula.